Front yard in three planting beds, September 2015
When I was selecting plants for my front yard, I had a challenging time guessing which plants would do well, especially the natives. There doesn’t seem to be a ton of info out there about which native plants take well to PNW Puget Lowlands gardens (or maybe I was looking in the wrong spots).
I planted between May and July 2015, shopping at multiple nurseries to get everything (and still couldn’t find everything I’d picked out), so I’m reporting back on how the plants I chose did after an extremely hot and dry summer. I think I had higher-than-normal mortality due to the drought, rabbits, and mistakenly thinking one section of my yard was much shadier than reality.
I’ve divided the blend of native, drought-tolerant, and wildlife-friendly plants into categories: favorites, doing well, surprises, meh, dying, dead, and scrapped.
Planting plan for my lawn replacement, featuring native, pollinator-friendly, and drought-tolerant plants.
Over the past two years, I’ve dreamed of replacing my lawn with a native, drought-tolerant, wildlife-friendly garden. As with all major projects, it didn’t go precisely as planned. I’m sharing my successes and misadventures so others in the Puget Lowlands who are considering replacing their lawns with a habitat garden can avoid repeating my mistakes.
I’ll update this post with links as I go.
Phase One: Planning
- Layout Design
- Plant Selection
Phase Two: Preparation
- Removing the Lawn
- Soil Testing & Amendment
Sod cutting the lawn.
Phase Three: Installation
- Plant shopping
- Plant layout & planting
- Lighting & hardscape
Phase Four: Survival
Phase Five: Future!
- Incorporating bulbs
- Adding more mulch & fixing the soaker hoses